Category Archives: Rantepao

my “lucky” day: experiencing the torajan burial celebrations

“you’re lucky because there’s a burial of someone high-born this week,” erwin said to me. and everyone in town knows about this event, so i thought “damn i am lucky!” but yeah, i wasn’t really prepared for what i experienced. Continue reading my “lucky” day: experiencing the torajan burial celebrations

a cool way to learn english

in the 16 months that i’ve been traveling, i got ask this question a lot (and variations of it): where are you from? your english is very good, how did you learn it? no, i did not roll my eyes at them because frankly, i also don’t know. i’ve studied a 3rd language before, and i for one can say that studying it in a classroom definitely does not translate to having a good command of it.

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Pia’s poppies: meet everyone in tanah toraja

Pia’s Poppies was “hard to find.” As of 2015 Oct 15 (my first night), it was not on any booking sites. I found it on TripAdvisor, but you can’t book there. I also found it on an outdated copy of Lonely Planet and other obscure sites. All gave glowing reviews; some gave contact details. A day before arriving, I called them but I wasn’t sure if we understood each other.  Continue reading Pia’s poppies: meet everyone in tanah toraja

budget travel for the #funemployed: indonesia edition

it’s been a while! been traveling for the last month around indonesia, and now it’s time for my first post

because i am now officially #funemployed, i needed to ween myself off flashpacking, and started budgeting “for real”. while i only accomplished limiting my alcohol consumption in my almost 4 weeks in indonesia, it did however, make me mindful of how i spent, which gave me insights as to how to lower my spending on my next adventure (such as learning to scooter in 2.5 hrs so i can DIY tours). i literally tried my best to take note of every single thing i spent on, which is so unlike the travel-me

it also gave me an excuse to make a pivot table and presentation out of it #geekalert

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